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Cadets gearing up for European Championships in Finland

9 May 2016 16:00

   Franco Di Capua

Italy was the best nation at the European Cup for Cadets in Cluj Napoca in Romania. The Italian talents took five gold medals and 13 medals in total. Hungary finished second with three gold medals and three lost finals and 10 medals in total, a little more than host Romania with 9 medals but also three gold medals. The Croatian talents grabbed two gold medals. Serbia, Belarus and again Finland showed their skills with one gold each.

Finland is the organiser of the European Cadet Championships and have some aces over the last two years with obviously European champion Emilia Kanerva, no cadet anymore though, as she turns 18 in November, but Valtteri Olin gave Finland again hope for more miracles. Last week Oskari Makinen won gold at the amazing tournament of Berlin, which gives a good footprint of the powers in cadet judo. Oskari Makinen won bronze this week in Cluj.

The Italian though keep amazing. With Russia and Hungary they are the most appealing team this year at cadet level. In Cluj five titles were added by lightweight Alessandro Aramu who won his second title this year and young woman Annalisa Calagreti who won the second European Cup among heavyweights.

Timea Kardos, Peter Arvai and Roland Goz won gold for Hungary, Goz and Kardos won their second title this season. Peter Arvai is special he won his third and is now leading the dance as most successful cadet of Europe.

Former top talents, and now arrived super stars Corina Caprioriu, Monica Ungureanu and Andrrea Chitu (even at her birthday) were present to join the medal winners on stage.

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